ROSEVILLE, CA, September 03, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Epileptic seizures are one of the serious potential consequences of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Now, scientists may have found a way to prevent them when people suffer traumatic brain injuries. In a recently reported study, researchers learned that cooling the brain-injured patients' heads with special headsets could reduce the chance of epileptic seizures.
The potential treatment stems from a study that is one of hundreds funded by the Army. TBIs have become a significant concern for the military as thousands of soldiers return from war with blast-related concussions and more serious TBIs. In all, the Army has funneled $700 million into research into new and improved brain injury treatments since 2007.
Potential New Treatments Could Help Civilian TBI Patients
According to the Army Times, in addition to brain cooling, the research has included:
- Using combination therapies that would provide a holistic treatment instead of handling each symptom separately.
- New drug treatments
- A blood test that could detect TBIs
New treatments that result from the research could benefit all patients with traumatic brain injuries
. Although brain injuries receive the most attention among military members, TBIs are a common injury from car accidents, falls and other accidents. Often, they are the result of negligence.
Current Treatments For TBI
The treatments being developed would be part of an already complicated treatment and rehabilitation process
for a person with a traumatic brain injury. A person with a mild traumatic brain injury - a concussion - usually requires only rest and over-the-counter pain relievers, but people with moderate to severe brain injuries usually need immediate and ongoing medical care.
A moderate or severe brain injury victim
needs emergency care. Medical professionals will ensure that the patient has proper blood pressure and an adequate supply of oxygen and blood. The patient may need additional treatment to minimize damage due to inflammation, bleeding and lack of oxygen.
According to the Mayo Clinic, emergency treatments can include:
Diuretics can reduce the amount of fluid in tissues and relieve pressure to the brain. Anti-seizure drugs reduce the risk of seizures, which can cause additional brain damage. Drugs may be used to place a person in a coma, which can reduce the body's need for oxygen.
Surgery may be required to remove clotted blood, repair skull fractures or open the skull to relieve pressure from accumulated fluid or swollen brain tissues.
After initial treatments, a person with a severe brain injury usually requires a lengthy rehabilitation process. Doctors, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech and language pathologists may all be part of a treatment plan that starts in the hospital and progresses through rehabilitation units and, hopefully, back to the patient's home.
Despite these treatments, a person with a brain injury can have devastating long-term changes to his or her ability to think, emotional changes, and other effects. That's why research that helps medical professionals better understand and treat these injuries is so important.
Contact An Attorney
If you or someone you love suffered a TBI in an accident, you may have a lengthy and expensive treatment process ahead of you. An attorney with experience in brain injuries can explain your options for obtaining the compensation you need to recover and help you hold the wrongdoer accountable.
Rosenthal Law represents clients who have suffered brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries in car accidents and other accidents. We serve injured people in Roseville, Sacramento and the surrounding areas. To learn more, visit www.tbi-blog.com